Driving your RV within the fog — clear and secure ideas.
You could be driving your leisure automobile on an in any other case stunning day, when instantly you’re engulfed in fog. Fog banks typically lay within the decrease wetlands within the early morning, and there are spots round North America that appear to spawn dense fog. Excessive elevations additionally typically pose poor visibility as you climb right into a blanket of cloud, which is de facto the identical factor.
Fog is usually a very harmful driving hazard. Statistics present that over 500 folks in the US yearly are killed in automobile collisions because of foggy circumstances. Moreover, some 12,000 persons are injured within the roughly 32,000 fog-related visitors accidents.
So, how can we scale back our dangers when confronted by such a climate occasion? Clearly, if the circumstances are recognized previous to touring, you possibly can delay leaving till circumstances are clear. However many occasions fog seems with out warning when you’re on the street, so you will need to endure it within the most secure method.
Decelerate and activate the headlights. Change in your emergency flashers if the fog could be very thick. In case your RV is usually white, as many are, you’ll not be seen simply, so observe further warning. Hold transferring at a secure velocity. Keep away from pulling over to the shoulder of the street except you possibly can park nicely away from the roadway, a minimum of one or two automobile widths. Many autos stopped on the roadside are struck by visitors from behind in such circumstances.
Don’t use high-beam headlights in fog, as a result of the tiny water droplets that make up the fog unfold and mirror mild, compounding visibility issues. With care and a focus and good frequent sense you’ll emerge to the colourful world on the finish of the darkish gray tunnel.
For those who journey areas which might be topic to foggy circumstances, you would possibly take into account including rear fog lights. Sure, I stated “rear” fog lights! These are quite common on British autos and lots of in-built Europe. Basically they’re extra pink tail lights which might be the identical depth because the brake lights. They’re turned on to make the rear of the automobile extra noticeable. The separate brake lights nonetheless function usually. As an additional advantage they may also be used as tremendous brilliant again up lights in these darkish campsite back-in occasions.
Peter Mercer — With Brighter View